Monday, May 21, 2007

Riding Napa Valley

Spent a few days in Napa and got to explore the valley on bike. This was my longest ride while there-57 miles and over 2800 feet of climbing.

Mount Veeder is part of the Mayacamas Mountains, the mountain range that separates the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. It is a challenging climb (measured a section of 17% grade), 1300 feet over 8 miles. The downhill into Napa Valley makes it all worthwhile. Make sure you stop at the Oakville Grocery Store for coffee and cookies.

Enjoyed the great roads. . .

And scenic wineries. . .

Calistoga sparkling mineral water -from the natural geysers in the area. Hopefully not from the same springs that people relax in.
The Calistoga Bike Shop. It's a good thing I don't bike with my credit card.

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